CC Cream vs. BB Cream: What's the Difference, Anyway?

Updated 02/08/18
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One of the questions we get asked all the time is what's the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? (We also get asked what a DD cream even is, but we're going to save that for another post.)

To be honest, the two are very similar. Both creams provide foundation-like coverage and aim to even out your skin tone. BB cream traditionally means beauty balm cream and it focuses on smoothing, blurring, and tinting the skin. "It offers skincare benefits such as sun protection, antioxidants, hydration—along with coverage. Traditionally, BB creams were formulated to substitute for foundations, so they tend to provide a lot of coverage," says Charlotte Cho, co-founder and chief curator of Soko Glam.

CC cream, on the other hand, is short for color-correcting cream. "CC creams are an iteration of the BB cream. They offer the same skincare benefits and protection that a BB cream can provide but are closer to skincare in that they color correct redness and create even skin tone through sheer, natural-looking coverage," Cho says.

Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. It really all depends on what you're looking to treat and cover. So in the battle of CC cream versus BB cream, you're the one who ultimately decides the winner. But don't worry, we're here to help out if you really can't choose. We talked about our favorite CC and BB creams and picked out the seven best ones.

Click through to see what made the cut.

Coola Rosilliance Organic BB Cream SPF 30
COOLA Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30 $52
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Coola's organic formula provides a sheer tint finish with a barely-there feel, easily making this one of the brand's hero products. It looks so natural that people won't be able to tell that you put on any makeup.

CC Creme High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector Regular 1.5 oz/ 45 mL
Erborian CC Creme High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector $44
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This CC cream is probably one of our favorite makeup primers. It contains color-matching pigments to adapt to your skin tone and blur any fine lines and dark spots. Plus it has SPF 25 sun protection and gives your complexion a boost of radiance. 

Dior Capture Dreamskin Fresh and Perfect Cushion
Dior Capture Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 $82
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The natural active ingredients found in this cushion compact help reduce redness, brighten up dark spots, and tighten any fine lines. It's ideal if you want to even out any discoloration. 

dr. jart premium bb beauty balm
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 $39
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For anyone with oily skin, this is the BB cream for you. It tightens big pores and treats blemishes while also giving your skin intense hydration and sun protection. 

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ - cc creams vs bb creams
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream With SPF 50+ $39
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It Cosmetics' fan-favorite CC cream provides full coverage and strong sun protection with SPF 50. But we love that it is also infused with anti-aging peptides and collagen to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

3Lab Aqua BB SPF 40
3LAB 3Lab Aqua Bb Spf 40 $110
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We swear this BB cream will give you the equivalent to a skin transplant. Yes, it's pricier than the other options on this list, but it gives such amazing coverage and a really nice glow. 

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream $9
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If you're prone to breakouts, this BB cream is a great option. Because it is made with salicylic acid, it helps treat acne while giving you natural coverage. It's a two-in-one product, and we couldn't be more obsessed.

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